"Cool For Cats" as written by Christopher Henry Difford and Glenn Martin Tilbrook....
The Indians send signals
From the rocks above the pass
The cowboys take positions
In the bushes and the grass

The squaw is with the corporal
She is tied against the tree
She doesn't mind the language
It's the beating she don't need

She lets loose all the horses
When the corporal is asleep
And he wakes to find the fire's dead
And arrows in his hat

And davy crockett rides around
And says it's cool for cats
The sweeney's doing ninety
'Cause they've got the word to go

They get a gang of villains
In a shed up at heathrow
They're counting out the fivers
When the handcuffs lock again

In and out of wandsworth
With the numbers on their names
It's funny how their missus'
Always look the bleeding same

And meanwhile at the station
There's a couple of likely lads
Who swear like how's your father
And they're very cool for cats
They're cool for cats

To change the mood a little
I've been posing down the pub
On seeing my reflection
I'm looking slightly rough

I fancy this, I fancy that
I want to be so flash
I give a little muscle
And I spend a little cash

But all I get is bitter and a nasty little rash
And by the time I'm sober
I've forgotten what I've had
And everybody tells me that it's cool to be a cat
Cool for cats

Shake up at the disco
And I think I've got a pull
I ask her lots of questions
And she hangs on to the wall

I kiss her for the first time
And then I take her home
I'm invited in for coffee
And I give the dog a bone

She likes to go to discos
But she's never on her own
I said I'll see you later
And I give her some old chat

But it's not like that on the T.V.
When it's cool for cats
It's cool for cats


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"Cool for Cats" as written by Glenn Martin Tilbrook Christopher Henry Difford

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  • +7
    General CommentActually there is a consistent theme here. In all four of the little stories, even the last one where the guy gets "lucky," the outcome fails to meet expectations. The corporal is going to be killed by the Indians, the villains get caught, the pub poseur has a black-out and a rash, and the disco guy (same guy as the pub poseur?) gets laid but still seems disappointed - doesn't live up to the guys on TV.

    But it's not like that on the TV
    When it's cool for cats
    It's cool for cats
    moikon August 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe lyric in this song isnt about anything in particular just a sream of consciousness. the title was taken from a canadian tv show from the 60,s of the same name.inspired by chris difford watching benny hill.
    gamboon December 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNow this is a great song, with a drunken pub crawl swagger about it. Lovely tune too, and those de-tuned bass grunts in the intro rock!
    Razormasticatoron April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song, I sometimes sing this for no other reason than it makes me smile
    umpirestrikesbackon July 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I'm invited in for coffee
    And I give the dog a bone"

    - For the Americans here who dont know, "The Dog and Bone" is cockney slang for phone, so give the dog a bone could mean phoned someone. But I think its a bit of double entendre, as to "bone" somebody is slang for to have sex with them (I imagine thats the same over on your side of the atlantic) and the dog could be referring to the insulting way of referring to women (I've seen enough TV to know thats the same over there) so maybe he means he had sex with the girl. Maybe.

    There is absoloutly no overall meaning to this song, so dont bother looking for one, just thought I'd explain that little bit.
    Comrade_Liaron December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGive the dog a bone....just like the AC/DC equivelant meaning
    Davey Don March 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust put this little beauty on reminds you of bygone days, when coppers was bent and villains was flash. Pure London this.
    Finsbury Gooneron May 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUh Comrade, to "give a dog a bone" is to fuck, it's got nothing to do with the good ol' cockney slang. "Invited in for coffee", no chance of a maybe there.
    acci_denton June 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWith this song "give the dog a bone," means he has sex with her. It makes sense if you read the whole of the lyrics. Squeeze is one of my favorite 80's bands.
    Celtic_FCon August 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA drunken pub-crawler meets a woman in a bar and slips her the sword, and this is a fella who fancies himself something romantic and dashing like a Brando-style tough guy or a western hero, but he's really just a drunken slob.
    CuteSparkinaon January 07, 2007   Link

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